Earlier this week, there was a discussion about Florida State Seminoles defensive back Jalen Ramsey and how he could be a potential No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Ramsey has been generating plenty of preseason hype and that has only increased after his performance at the ACC Track and Field Championships.
In a brief profile from NFL.com, the 2016 Olympic hopeful was described as “a player who is just as quick as he is fast.” The post went on to reiterate that “Ramsey has outstanding NFL potential.”
While Ramsey’s play on the field is impressive in itself, it is his athleticism that really sets him apart from his peers.
Ramsey ran a 10.61 in the 100-meter dash at the ACC Championships and he is also considered one of the best long jumpers in the nation. That track background will really help him stand out.
“I love track, without a doubt,” Ramsey told The Associated Press. “Just like I have football dreams, I have track dreams. Rio’s up next year. The Olympics — that’s something that’s always on my mind. It’s definitely a real possibility.”
Of course, track speed and jumping ability doesn’t always translate to success in the NFL. The other thing to watch will be whether Ramsey is able to balance his Olympic dreams and the preparation that will take with his football.
Plenty of teams will be watching to make sure that balance is there. If he can prove that he is capable of remaining a top cornerback in college football while training for the Olympics, being the first cornerback selected with the No. 1 overall pick could be a real possibility.
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